Power Prefix #10: uni- – 10 Words


composed of one legislative body

Technically, the unicameral legislature must sign off on major initiatives, such as creating new taxes and rewriting the Constitution.Newsweek (Dec 22, 2010)

a vehicle with a single wheel that is driven by pedals

Though unicycles date back to circus acts in the late 19th Century, enthusiasts only began doing jumps on their one-wheeled vehicles some 40 years ago.

the quality of lacking diversity or variation

Boy bands, for all their perceived uniformity, are really about variety, offering a range of crush options in one package.New York Times (May 27, 2012)

act in concert for a common purpose or belief

“On this night we all unify around one rallying cry, who do YOU stand up for?”Forbes (Sep 5, 2012)

involving only one part or side

Unilateral American military action, including drone strikes or commando raids, could set off resentment that might cut across such divides.

the single one of its kind

Later, Ezra Pound and others develop a unique American voice, separate from Europe.Seattle Times (Oct 12, 2012)

the act of occurring together or simultaneously

The Giants raised their arms, hugged and huddled by the side of the mound, bouncing in unison.Seattle Times (Oct 12, 2012)

a garment that covers the body from shoulders to thighs

Wearing a pale yellow unitard and point shoes, she guided her body through a sequence of static positions, creating an oddly mesmerizing movement meditation.New York Times (Nov 2, 2011)

the quality of being fused into one

Indeed, in a rare display of unity, the country’s rival political leaders expressed identical sentiments upon hearing of his death.

applicable to or common to all members of a group or set

Starting around 1910, America made huge investments in public high schools in pursuit of universal secondary education.

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